White House lobbied 185 lawmakers to back Syria strike


Aamer Madhani
USA Today
September 5, 2013

Top administration officials — including President Obama himself—have now reached out to 185 lawmakers as part of the White House effort to win congressional support for a military strike against Syria, according to a White House official.

The official, who was not authorized to comment and spoke on condition of anonymity, said senior White House officials have held meetings or taken part in calls with 60 senators and 125 House members as part of their outreach effort on Syria.

On Wednesday, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough held calls with members of the Progressive Caucus and Hispanic Caucus, some of whom have expressed reluctance to vote in favor of the use-of-force authorization.

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